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Global

Clinging to the Conventional: Enduring Presuppositions Can Kill

Thursday, April 8, 2021

What is required is a global conversation to address an age-old challenge: the balancing act of modifying or dismantling existing dogma and presupposition.

Global

To Boost Vaccine Confidence Requires Politics – Alongside Science

Thursday, April 8, 2021

These efforts must be pragmatic, holistic and sustainable.

China

Understanding Xi Jinping: Global Leadership with Chinese Characteristics

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Yoshikazu Kato of the Asia Global Institute offers an eight-point analysis of the character, thinking, intentions and behavior of China's leader, Xi Jinping.

ASEAN

The Lady’s Second Act: Myanmar’s Post-Election Priorities

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Running the government while finding ways to work with the powerful military has been made more complicated by Covid-19 and the resulting economic challenges.

Asian Corporate Law in a Post-Covid-19 World

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Countries have introduced legislation to allow online practices. Corporate governance models are also shifting away from traditional Anglo-American standards.

Asia Pacific

After Trump’s Disruptions, Biden Has a Full Agenda in Asia

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The new president’s advantage, according to Mumbai-born journalist and author Salil Tripathi, is his experience and maturity.

Global

Biden's Priorities: Covid-19, Climate, Alliances, Multilateralism – and Depoliticizing the Bureaucracy

Thursday, November 12, 2020

The new president will have to “detrumpify” or depoliticize the bureaucracy to restore sobriety, professionalism and expertise to the conduct of foreign policy

Thailand

The Free People Movements and Political Awakening in Thailand

Thursday, October 22, 2020

For the first time, the Thai monarchy is the target of reformists’ ire. Many more Thais are seeking a country that is a truly constitutional monarchy and democracy.

ASEAN

Covid-19 and ASEAN Cooperation: The State of Play and Ways Forward

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Apart from collaboration in health and medicine, ASEAN has been inconsistent – even confrontational – in matters where cooperation would be the best course of action.

ASEAN

Asian Politics Needs a Youthful Disruption

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

A mentorship program to develop and guide the next generation of Asian leaders is urgently needed.

Asia Pacific

From Abe to Suga: Japan’s Quest for Inspiring Leadership

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

While the longest-serving Japanese leader will rank high among the more memorable and effective of his predecessors, he tended to be more popular abroad than at home.

ASEAN

Unhealthy Air and Plastic Waste: The Nexus of Pollution, Public Health and Corruption

Thursday, August 20, 2020

In Southeast Asia, rampant corruption has fueled an illegal trade in plastic waste, a source of much pollution through dumping, leaching and burning.

China, Leninism and the Pandemic

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Could the way the US has dealt with the pandemic be due Americans' belief that objective reality does not exist and is “constructed” to benefit the elite or experts?

Global

A Risk-Based Approach to Coronavirus and Crisis Planning

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Health authorities must adopt a targeted approach so that different populations or population segments are treated differently based on their relative risk assessment.

China

Exporting Chinese Governance: Challenges and Issues

Thursday, July 30, 2020

China’s model of governance is both powered and restricted by its apparent immunity to the attractions of democracy, and is a source of anxiety to friend and foe alike.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s “Special Trading Status” with the United States: What is at Stake?

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Washington’s threats to end Hong Kong’s special trade status could call into question the city's presence as a separate customs entity and international trading hub.

Japan

The Thrill of Victory, the Agony of Defeat – and the Yawn of Postponement?

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Even before the coronavirus pandemic forced their postponement, the 2020 Tokyo Games were haunted by memories of past Japanese Olympiads.

Global

The Blame Game: Asia, Democracy and Covid-19

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Winning the battle against the coronavirus pandemic is not a case of democracy vs. dictatorship or “East vs. West”. What matters are trust, equality and competence.